4-Day Weekends

My schedule for next fall has me only taking classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays. So I’ll have 4-day weekends to do with what I wish. Of course a bit of studying will need to happen on the off days, but not much. I expect I ought to be able to squeeze most everything into Wednesday so that my 4-day weekends will be completely free.

Now I just need to figure out what to do with myself. If I were out of school and had my house this wouldn’t be a problem as there would be plenty of things to learn about and plenty of projects to take on. But as it stands I am just renting a small room and my mind is completely occupied with school so trying to learn interesting other things that require much focus is almost impossible. I tried this a few years ago where I was teaching myself computer science while simultaneously taking classes in classical studies. It eventually lead to me dropping out and becoming a freelance programmer. I can’t have that happening again. If I weren’t in school I’d be teaching myself about robotics. But when I get into things I’m passionate about like that, my main studies suffer because they always seem less interesting. So I’m going to save the self-taught robotics courses for the weekends and evenings when I’m working after graduation.

One thing I’d like to do a lot of is camping. It’s cheap, I have most the equipment already, and there are plenty of great places to go see within just a few hours’ drive of my place. I’d also like to get back into scaling mountains up north. Those two things could go hand in hand. A small, trailerable sail-boat might be a fun way to pass the time, but I worry about the costs. Bicycling 100+ miles in a day followed by a recovery day of magazines and video games could make for a nice weekend and I’ve already got a bike for that. Just need to tune it up. I could take up hunting again, I haven’t done it since I was a kid but I abandoned it just because I found it to be a bit boring.

Perhaps I ought to try to get myself to finally learn to ski for those cold winter months. There are several ski mountains from where I’ll be staying within an hour’s drive. There’s one where a season pass is less than $250. I could be skiing 4 days a week on the cheap.

I have friends who seem to go on trips at least one weekend a month. I could tag along with them on the cheap.

Or I could use the time to develop a part-time business or work on a software project to make some side money.

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